Variety is the spice of life


Well there has certainly been plenty of variety in my life this week, starting off with Sunday lunch at a local pub with the children, my friend Denise, from my Price is Right days and her partner Steve. The Belvedere Arms has become my new favourite place to eat because the menu truly does cater for vegetarians. Instead of having to have the one veggie dish on the menu or the chef having to cobble together something in haste, there are at least half a dozen options for us to choose from and each one we’ve tried so far has been delicious.

Anniversary cardMy son Dan is no longer a veggie so he, Denise and Steve had roast beef and Yorkshire pudding which also received the thumbs up! It was a quadruple celebration really: welcoming in the New Year (albeit a couple of weeks late), Sophie’s birthday, Daniel’s new job, and Chris and my 37th anniversary.

Our anniversary is actually on the 19th January and is only marked by the two of us and my mum, who always remembers to send us a card. Chris got me some pretty flowers and I bought him this sign… I’m not joking either! I also bought him this card – pretty scary when you work out how many days there are in thirty seven years! The only thing I couldn’t fill in was the number of jobs I’ve had since we’ve been together. I was always freelance before I joined QVC 21 years ago so it probably runs into the hundreds!

Speroni testimonialTuesday was a busy day with a trip to the dentist over in Crystal Palace in the morning followed by the Julian Speroni Testimonial in Croydon that evening. Our journey to the dentist takes us over an hour from where we now live but we have kept the same one we’ve had since we lived in Upper Norwood because he is really good. The timing was perfect too as one of my crowns had fallen off last Friday evening. After the dentist (a clean bill of health I’m pleased to say) we went to Daniel’s flat for lunch and for me to get ready for the do at the Ashcroft Theatre.

There was a great turnout for Julian Speroni who is still a much-loved member of the Crystal Palace team. David ‘kid’ Jensen and I hosted the first half of the night which also saw former teammate James Scowcroft and current teammate Paddy McCarthy join us on stage for some anecdotal stories. It was a bit of a departure from what I am used to on QVC but it was really good to be back on stage at the theatre where coincidentally I was appearing in pantomime 37 years ago when I first met Chris! How’s that for a coincidence?

Julia on stage
beauty bash2We didn’t get home until past 1am so Wednesday I was feeling pretty shattered for most of the day before gearing myself up to pack an overnight bag for my stay in London prior to the QVC Beauty Bash. Even though I am officially ‘on holiday’ it’s an event I didn’t want to miss. I really enjoy the opportunity to meet those of you who come to our events and to find out what you like about watching the channel and shopping with us.

It was quite funny at one point as I spotted someone wearing my red Centigrade coat that I pictured on here a couple of weeks ago. Lots of people had very complimentary things to say about us presenters looking better in real life than on TV (we need to speak to the lighting department I think) but my favourite comment was from Sophie, pictured with me here, who was there with her mum. She said she thought I was in my forties… not bad for someone who is sixty next year! I hope that all of you who attended enjoyed it and if you didn’t manage to get tickets this year better luck next time.

beauty bash 1The Beauty Bash always precedes a Beauty Weekend on QVC which unfortunately I won’t be part of this year but I hope you enjoy the new brands we are launching along with some old favourites.

Still no house-hunting joy for Sophie but I’m pleased to say that Daniel has a very nice apartment to look forward to moving into next Friday – gosh it is all coming round very quickly. I still haven’t managed to make a start on my new book but I did get in the gym for an hour today with my rainbow maker creating rainbows as the sun streamed in through the windows despite it being -3 outside brrrrr!

Keep warm, enjoy Beauty Weekend and check out next week’s blog as I’m hoping to have a competition for you.

Much love

Julia xx


  1. emm January 23, 2015 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Dying to know if Daniel’s new flat allow cats or do you get to have Wilfie back!?! Think you would have said if you did….but I miss seeing photos of him and hearing about his antics – although Milo sounds like a character too!

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2015 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

      Hi Emm
      For the time being Wilfe will be coming back to live with us … poor old Poppy with the brothers chasing around! Dan will have him when he can.
      Julia x

  2. Annette Roberts January 24, 2015 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    Firstly, a very much belated Happy New Year to you and hope you are enjoying your much earned time off. Although catching up on everything in your previous blogs, you’ve been a busy little Bee and amongst it all attending the Beauty Bash too!

    So glad you had a brilliant Christmas and Congratulations not only on Daniels new job with Swansea but also his new apartment, great that he’s found somewhere so near to the ground and so quickly. Must have been a hard decision to make. Now you know that every time you go to visit you will be inundated with invites for a ‘Panad’!!

    We are now looking for a new place to live, having nearly bought a beautiful place in France, which fell through over the Christmas period! So we have now decided to buy here again and am desperately trying to find the right one this time, so no rushing! BTW the place in France had a state of the art kitchen with a row of ovens, well one was a steam oven, then a normal oven and the last one the microwave the worktops were grey granite and the doors and drawers were a glossy purple…it was gorge, but not to be, that’s why I’ve not been on here much, the French house buying system is quite complicated and with it being so far away, dealing with Estate Agents and French speaking solicitors.

    Christmas was quite fraught here with Chris’ impending dental surgery, but after a few sleepless nights and sedation, it went well. Although the sedation didn’t stop him talking most of the way through…I could hear him in the Reception area and the drive home was something else, he kept saying a few mumbled words then nodding off and I couldn’t believe it when he brought his old teeth home and got them out to show me! Apparently, he badgered our Dentist for them, whilst still on the happy juice.

    Talking of crowns, I think I came out in sympathy, not one but two abscesses on my crowns, so I’ve been on antibiotics and they cannot be saved because the posts have gone through the side of the roots, so will have to come out, one on each side of the mouth, whoopee do, not looking forward to it, but cannot complain, they were fitted when I was 17 at a time when Dental treatment was free until you were 21, so they’ve not cost me anything, but will do now LOL!!! Glad they managed to stick yours back in, what I wouldn’t give for that.

    Hope you can relax a bit for the last week of your holiday and looking forward to seeing you at beginning of February…BTW, loved the Purple AeroPilates machine!

    Annette x

    • Julia Roberts January 28, 2015 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      Nice to hear from you and sorry that your house in France fell through. I know first hand the problems with buying abroad so maybe it will turn out to be for the best. I hope you will find somewhere you like in the UK soon.
      Glad to hear that Chris’s dental surgery went well – what a drag that you have your own trip to the dentist to ‘look forward to’!
      For my last week off QVC I will be staying with Daniel in Swansea so I’m hoping for a bit of peace and quiet and time to do some writing.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  3. carole thomas January 24, 2015 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Welcome from one of the Swansea Jacks, maybe you could support 2 teams now that Daniel has moved to Swansea.
    Hope i bump into you on one of your visits would love chat
    Been a QVC customer since day one and love shopping with you
    best wishes

    • Julia Roberts January 30, 2015 at 12:11 am -  Reply

      Hello Carole
      Thanks for being such a loyal QVC customer.
      I will of course start to look out for Swansea’s results but I will always be a Palace fan at heart.
      I will be visiting Daniel a fair amount in his first few months so we may well bump into each other.
      Julia x

  4. TINA S January 25, 2015 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    So glad to hear that Daniel has sorted out his new abode in Swansea. We live just the other side of the bridge that you must have gone over when you come off the motor -way to go into Swansea . It only takes about 8 to 10 minutes, depending on traffic that is, for us to drive into Swansea.I hope Daniel will be very happy here in Wales. There is a hive of places to visit and I hear the night life is rather lively to! It’s been many years since I frequented Swansea at night now. Many a Saturday night was spent down the Top Rank and other such Night Clubs in my youth!
    I’m sure you will find Gower very beautiful when you visit in the summer time. There are some breath taking coastal places to see. I saw the actress who used to be in Corination Street in my local Tesco store back last year. She was living down the Swansea Marina at the time as her boyfriend used to play for Swansea City. I think he’s playing for another team now as she has moved from Swansea.
    Well thankfully the snow has kept away from us here. The weather- man did say it would be a little milder from Friday but it feels just as cold to me!
    Hope you are still enjoying your time off even though you still seem to be as busy.
    Best wishes, Tina S. x

    • TINA S January 25, 2015 at 12:23 am -  Reply

      Hi Julia,
      Its me again. Just been reading your previous blog replies and noticed there are quite a few of us Taffs living near Swansea. We should meet up when you visit Swansea sometime (LOL). We could form a Welsh branch of the Julia Appreciation Society!!
      What do you think?
      Tina S

      • Julia Roberts January 30, 2015 at 12:22 am -  Reply

        Hi again Tina
        Very kind of you to suggest it

    • Julia Roberts January 30, 2015 at 12:17 am -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      It’s moving day tomorrow (Friday) and guess what? … more snow is possible. I got caught today on the M25 in a snow and hail storm, not pleasant particularly as I had Wilfie in the car with me.
      We did look at apartments in the Marina but Daniel wasn’t keen. He’s settled on somewhere closer to the Liberty.
      It has been a very busy couple of weeks but Dan has needed our help and that’s what parents are for in my opinion.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  5. Jean pugh January 26, 2015 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    Goodness Julia it does not sound as if you have had much time to yourself. You have been busy.

    Glad Daniel has found somewhere to live. Hopefully the right property will come along for Sophie soon.

    It sounds as if the Beaty Bash was a great success, lots of people there.

    Did you watch Mr. Selfridge, I really enjoy that programme.

    Take Care .
    Love Jean XX

    • Julia Roberts January 30, 2015 at 12:21 am -  Reply

      Hi Jean
      Yesterday was the first day of my ‘break’ where I actually managed to do a little bit of writing. I’m hoping to do a bit ove the next few days in Swansea when Danel is working.
      I loved the first episode of the new series of Mr.Selfridge – there are a few nasty characters aren’t there! Looking forward to Sunday!
      Julia x

  6. martin forbes January 29, 2015 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    glad dan has anew place to move into at swansea.
    hope you are well

    • Julia Roberts February 13, 2015 at 11:29 am -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      Only just spotted this comment …. replied to you on my current blog.
      We are all well thanks
      Julia x

  7. Jill January 30, 2015 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Sounds like you are having a busy time off. I hope your last week is more relaxing for you.
    Do you have a nice recipe for Lentil Bake please?
    Look forward to your return.
    Jill x

    • Julia Roberts February 13, 2015 at 11:32 am -  Reply

      Hi Jill
      Apologies I only just realised there were more replies on this blog. My last week off wasn’t any more relaxing I’m afraid but at least we got Daniel settled in Swansea. Hoping you tried the Lentil Bake?
      Julia x

  8. Heather Stapleton January 30, 2015 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Filey Carrot Cake
    6oz Corn Oil
    6oz Dark Brown Sugar
    3 Egg’s
    1 tsp Vanilla Essence
    8oz Grated Carrots
    6oz P Flour
    1 tsp Bi Carb Soda
    1tsp Baking Powder
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1tsp Salt

    3oz Cream Cheese
    2oz Butter
    4oz Icing Sugar
    1/2 tsp vanilla Ess

    Gas 4
    1hr 15min

    Mix all ingredients together & place in a 8″ lined tin
    When cool cover top with icing & Enjoy
    Sorry I have taken a while to send this Julia, but hope you & any one else who makes it, will like it. A waterless smuggle it out of a hotel in Filey for me xxx

    • Julia Roberts February 13, 2015 at 11:33 am -  Reply

      Hi Heather
      Found it! Will give it a go over my upcoming few days off.
      Julia x

  9. Heath January 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Hope you like recipe xx

    Heather xx

  10. Heather Stapleton January 30, 2015 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    Filey Carrot Cake
    6oz Corn Oil
    6oz Dark Brown Sugar
    3 Eggs
    1tsp Vanilla Ess
    8oz Grated Carrots
    6oz P Flour
    1tsp Bi Carb
    1tsp Baking Powder
    1tsp Cinnamon
    1tsp Salt

    3oz Cream Cheese
    2oz Butter
    4oz Icing Sugar
    1/2 tsp Vanilla Ess

    Mix all cake ingredients together & put into a lined 8″ Cake tin
    Gas 4
    1hour 15 min
    When Cool cover top with icing & enjoy
    Sorry iv taken a while to send this,but I hope you like it a waitress smuggled it out of a Filey Hotel for me xx
    Heather x

  11. Pam Colvin January 30, 2015 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Hope you’ll be going to watch Speroni’s Testimonial against my team Dundee FC at the end of May- see you there!

    • Julia Roberts February 13, 2015 at 11:38 am -  Reply

      Hi Pam
      Not sure I will be at Jules’s testimonial as Chris’s nephew in Australia is getting married on 23rd May and we are going to try and make the trip.
      It should be a really good occasion & well supported – we LOVE Julian at Palace as shown by him winning Player of the Year FOUR times!
      Julia x

  12. tanya January 30, 2015 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Love reading about you & your family, Like you we too are always busy helping the kids (we have 3) out. With us its helping with grandchildren. I love it when we can all meet up (our son & his family live two & half hours away from us). It’s hard to believe you are 60 next year Julia it seems 5minutes since your 50th. I watched you celebrate with us all on QVC. Simon give you a beautiful one off black coat. I remember your children appearing periodically on QVC. Time goes so quickly. Look forward to your jewellery hours next week . Tanya C

    • Julia Roberts February 13, 2015 at 11:43 am -  Reply

      Hi Tanya
      Trust me I can hardly believe I’m 60 next year! I think Daniel was one of the Pilates models for my 50th birthday show wasn’t he?
      I always wanted children so the least I can do is be there to support them when they need it. No sign of any grandchildren for us yet but I’m sure it’ll happen when the time is right.
      Apologies for the delay replying and glad you enjoy my blogs.
      Julia x

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